One of the deepest fears that every human has is rejection.
And when you think about it, rejection can take soooooo many forms. It is built into our DNA and can show up many, many times each day.
Do you ever do or say something to someone in an effort to be accepted by him or her? Do you ever find yourself contorting your personality in order to be liked?
A need for acceptance is also a fear of rejection, right?
What is behind that need for acceptance? And, what is the root of this deep fear of not being accepted?
The truth is, it’s simply part of the human condition. It’s a deeply planted system of survival that makes a lot of sense. In order to survive, you need a tribe.
For me, this need for acceptance shows up as feeling not good enough. Some days, I just want to hide in bed because I feel self-conscious, and just not good enough.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but during my life before 40 this fear of rejection was nearly ruling my life. Yikes.
Strength training changed this for me. I started turning my attention to something that meant something to me – my athletic ability – and I started to feel so good about myself that the opinions of others mattered less.
When you feel good about your body – and feel strong – everything changes. You stand differently. You stand your ground. Your walk differently. You walk into a room and people look at you differently. Your physicality changes you.
And you deserve to experience this.
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“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your relationship with yourself, and with your higher being. No other opinions really matter.”
Stay strong, friend.